Last year, BB Gandanghari opened up about the struggles she faced in 2017 to survive as an actor in LA and achieve her dream of working in Hollywood. “Tough times is an understatement as I find ways and means to be productive so as to not only support a mere existence in a foreign land but to support a dream, the so-called Hollywood dream. And boy, it’s no joke,” she wrote. In her Instagram posts, she recounted the many sacrifices she had to do, as well as the hurdles she had to overcome—including “discrimination as a transgender on job opportunities” which she said is “not just a hearsay, but a sad and unfortunate reality.”
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Part2: an Open letter… Struggles are Real! It is at this time too, that discrimination as a transgender on job opportunities is not just a hearsay, but a sad and unfortunate reality, as I urgently sought employment to support a life, a DREAM. There are few options and I’m willing to do them all, believe me. Survival, indeed, is an instinct, bec my instincts dictated so. Survival mode, I used to remind myself every time I would feel weak and out during this process. LA living is far from cheap… double job/ shift I’ve realize is the only way to go. I did just that. So in the middle of crazy work hours, I worked on my headshots. And as soon as I had them, I wasted no time on sending them out. I got some callbacks, for sure, but nothing really came out of it after some few back and forths. Then came The Brogan Agency’s call. They scheduled my interview in 2weeks and I thought, 2weeks?… oh my, feels forever! By this time, my day job schedule is already taking a toll on me… badly. Not getting enough sleep, long physical work hours, no day offs, really do weaken even the mighty. And mighty I am definitely not. This was also the time when missing work bec you’re sick is not an option. A character defining moment I would tell myself… haha… just so I can keep going. I have reached out to people closest to me for support, in all aspects that’s for sure, but even that seemed to be not as accessible. Emotional support at this time proved to be the most vital. Fall2017 marked my transition into becoming an auditioning actor when I signed with @thebroganagency. Praise be to God Almighty, Jehovah. The great white ‘Hollywood’ way is finally within sight. So far, I have auditioned to some of the top network shows that I never thought I would ever have the chance to do so and went as far as being on hold for a role, I’m proud to say. 2017, I will always remember as the year I finally come to terms with my whole BEING. It is also HEARTBREAKING as I see ‘Both Sides Now’ in regards to people’s, closest to my heart, belief and confidence in me. That I’m finally seeing the light at the end of this long and dark tunnel. So help me GOD. #filipinoartistinhollywood
Fortunately, it seems as though all her hard work is already paying off. Through IG Stories and Twitter, Ramon De Veyra revealed that BB is set to appear on the Amazon Prime show Too Old To Die Young, with no less than Hollywood actress Jena Malone, whom you might recognize as Johanna Mason from Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
bb gandanghari getting them acting jobs! go, girl pic.twitter.com/6RuqfaMtci
— RAMON! (@ramondeveyra) June 18, 2019
We can’t wait to see the episode. Congratulations, BB!
Photo courtesy of BB Gandanghari’s Instagram account
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